Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand, Share Plates
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $30

Enjoy casual fine dining and stunning lake views at the Water Bar in Wanaka.

With a fantastic location and a carefully-curated menu, the Water Bar is a great spot for a laid-back lunch, delicious dinner or an entertaining night of live music. Offering the finest in Kiwi cuisine, grab a group of friends and share platters of crispy chicken wings, vegetarian tacos and tasty jalapeno poppers. Or sit down for a dinner of slow-roasted Cardrona Merino Lamb, sizzling New Zealand steak and freshly-made pizzas, with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options available. There’s even a fun kids menu to keep the little ones happy!

After your meal, why not take a drink into the bar and enjoy a lively evening of entertainment? As well as great food and friendly service, the Water Bar is well-known as a buzzing venue for live music, with a fantastic variety of bands, DJs and fun themed nights.

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Water Bar
145 Ardmore Street
Wanaka 9305

Open Hours:
Everyday: 12pm - 2:30am

Phone: +64 3 443 4345
Website: www.waterbarwanaka.co.nz/

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Water Bar
Location: Wanaka
Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand, Share Plates
Mains: $15 - $30

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Sue Woffindin

Great place with a view to enjoy! Service was quick and food delicious. We did share the bar with the staff from Cardrona and the noise level was extremely loud but this was out of the control of the establishment and just showed what a popular place it is. I would recommend for the view.

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Kelly Jackson

Tasty food and friendly service. Would dine here again.

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Aynsley Graham

Quick friendly service.

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Gaynor Williams

Very good

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Rhonda Korteweg

Thanks it was a perfect place and time for us to eat. Food was hearty and plenty. It was good to eat early with our small children. Thanks first Table.

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Katie Dando

The staff are so friendly! We even got happy hour on drinks and I wasn’t expecting that with first table. Best chips ever...it was fab!

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We went on a Sunday evening, and enjoyed a nice meal.Being 'First Table' it was good value.I do think the venue could be rather noisy if it was busy or if a band or music was playing.They also have gaming machines in a screened of room along side, so that lowers the tone a little. All in all we had a pleasant early evening dinner.

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Our family of four including 2 teenagers enjoyed 4 mains of ribeye steak and pork ribs. Everything was tender and delicious with perfect fries crispy on the outside and light and fluffy inside. Would eat here again.

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Tristan-Laurinda Penrose

Great food as always, thanks!

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Nicole Müller

Good food! Awesome views if sitting outside

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Anne Pavelka

Wonderful and friendly service. Meals were very filling and tasty! Lovely view with a relaxed atmosphere.

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Lunch was lovely! My partner and I ordered a few shared plates - Fish tacos, chicken sliders & a mexi three layer dip with corn chips. All were great! Our kids (2 & 4 years old) chose off the kids menu which was a super reasonable $10 including a drink! Staff were extremely helpful and took the time to answer a few questions about the music nights they have. Service was fast, food was great. Thanks again!
*Although we didn't use one I did notice they had a high chair available which is a big win for all parents*!

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Tracey Rea

Great pub style food.Go for salmon if you want a healthy option.

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Preshit Gandre

Amazing food with great view of lake Wanaka. Food and service is really good. This will be our go to place now in Wanaka.

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Maria Elizabeth

Ok experience. Average pub food. Not too great not too bad.

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Jacqui Paul

Great food cooked to perfection. Lovely friendly helpful staff. Recommend the salmon dish.

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Food was very tasty and great value for money.
Waitresses were very attentive and made us feel at home.We'll be back

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Good service and food was really good. We all had ribeye and it was cooked perfect for each of us, tasty and well presented.

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Richelle Pope

The food and service was fantastic. Hubby reckons he was glad he saved room in his tummy for the ribs. Nice place to take kids too. Toilets needed a clean up though, mens room was a bit of a mess. Still would recommend.

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Kimi Rose

Upon arrival and throughout our dinner, the staff were really friendly. The food was generally well priced, with a large variety on offer. However, not all the food seemed to be made with love; we tried a range of sharing plates and some were hit and miss. Overall, you get what you see, a good range of food, a comfy seat (with a good view of the lake) and a reasonable bill.

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Was sceptical about going to Water bar at first but we were impressed with service and food will definitely go again ! First table is a fantastic idea !

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伟宇 金

Nice location just by the lake with fantastic view. Food was nice. Enjoyed the steak.

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Corina Morgan

Yeah man, awesome comfy, happy place.
Good food, efficient service. Using first table makes it soooooo affordable!!!!! Yew!!!!!!!

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Khya Probyn

Good food, especially chips. Just make sure you remind them you're the first table when you pay your bill.

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Deirdre Hutton

Very friendly efficient and helpful staff and quick service . We enjoyed the meal and the environment and would definitely go back again .

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Janet Helms

Our first time dining in this great place. Thought the food was exceptional and will definitely be back! Many thanks

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Great food, great value, great service, great atmosphere, great view of the greatest place on earth! What more do you want?!

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Tasty food and friendly service. Excellent views from the porch tables, but the smokers and loud music mean the inside might be a better place for families to sit.

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Judy Briggs

Warm friendly atmosphere, Lexie made our night, from turning the sound down to presenting us with our account at the table, as we were able to check without being rushed,

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Deirdre Hutton

Great menu to choose from and the food was attractively presented and delicious . The staff were friendly and efficient and the view is great .

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Riki Kramers

Great atmosphere, great food and very friendly helpful staff

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Fede Foti

Good service. Food was yummy! Excellent views.

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Fiona Hsieh

Food is okay.... Rib is not as good as we ate before, maybe it’s because it were really busy at that time. And caramari is a bit dry unfortunately... Well, it is the place for drink rather than eat!!

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Siqi Chen

Nice quality food, love the fish and chips.

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Friendly helpful staff & great service

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Lovely sunny spot over looking the lake. Lamb salad was lovely.

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Gemma Murray

Nice setting looking over the water

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Average pub food.
Mash potato was only okay. Pretty crumbley not smooth.

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Lucy Young

A road closure meant we arrived hours after our booking but a warm welcome was extended. We ordered a selection of share plates that were delivered promptly and cheerfully and all were very tasty.

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paul macaulay

What an idyllic setting to enjoy a delicious and satisfying meal. The service was beyond expectation, with the staff being super helpful and friendly. One of the best experiences we have had with first table. What a cool place and staff to match.Thanks

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Great service

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Mark Smith

Even though we were the "1st Table", being Waitangi Day the place was humming. We were able to sit at any available table we desired & dined on the deck with a fantastic view of the lake. Attentive service from all the Wait Staff. The food was good quality, with large portion sizes meaning we left well fed. My wife really rated the Pork Ribs.

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Fiona Hsieh

Food is great. Tried most of food on their menu and nothing disappointed us. Very happy for the portion and flavor. Highly recommend!!

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Antonette Barrimond

Food and service are ok.

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Tash Gordon

Would recommend this restaurant to any person who loves great food and even better service! From the get go, we were welcomed and served by such attentive staff!!! Food was incredible, cooked to perfection which was incredible considering we visited on such a busy and hot evening!

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Dwayne Quirk

Great

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Kirsten Roxburgh

tasty food, service was quick and cheerful. the view is fantastic as always and a great atmosphere. Thanks!

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Alannah Johnson

Lovely evening at Water Bar

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Very friendly staff

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Julie Smith

The service was great with a short wait time. Food was true to description and tasted great. The chicken sliders were our pick of the lunch! Our family enjoyed it. Thank you we returned several times over our stay in Wanaka to sample more of their menu.

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